LISTEN: Opposition parities react to #ZandileGumede sacking

LISTEN: Opposition parities react to #ZandileGumede sacking

Opposition parties in KwaZulu-Natal have begun reacting to the sacking of Zandile Gumede and Themba Njilo as mayors -- and agree it was a long time coming.

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The ANC in the has relieved them of their duties, along with all other ANC members of the eThekwini and Msunduzi executive councils.

ANC provincial secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli says the Provincial Executive Committee applied their minds before reaching their decision.

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"We are a big organisation, we are a caring organisation and we always want to be scientific and take along everybody involved when making big decisions. We believe that it is not late. We have made the correct decision," said Ntuli.

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He told reporters in Durban today that the vacancies created by the 'redeployments' must be filled within seven days.

Gumede was placed on special leave after being arrested in connection with a multi-million Rand waste removal tender dating back to 2016. The Hawks are investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and racketeering in relation to the deal.

Gumede is out on R50,000 bail. The case returns to court early next year.

IFP KZN leader, Velenkosini Hlabisa says the removal of Gumede and Njilo are long overdue.

DA eThekwini caucus leader, Nicole Graham says while the party welcomes the decision on Gumede, her being redeployed is an issue.

The EFF's Mlebuka Hlengwa says they are happy the ANC has finally seen the light. He hopes the new ANC EXCO members will be more community-focused.

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